Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center


  • 3.5 Credits
  • Entry-level class -  but continues well past the basics. There are no prerequisites.
  • NOT an online or "hybrid" class - classes are in-person and hands-on.
  • Lecture and labs integrated - course includes several labs that meet almost daily .
  • Class usually meets twice a week for 3 hour sessions. Day and night classes often available.
  • This course was primarily developed for people looking for career in aerospace composites or to further their existing career.
  • Our students are typically Boeing technicians and engineers, but individuals from all fields are welcome.
  • NOTE - This is NOT the snowboard class - Applied Composites

Certificate Overview

The Composite Technician Certificate was developed many years ago and we use this as our starting point to provide a great introduction into the field. The certificate covers all the important basics regarding composites manufacturing and repair. We quickly move beyond this into advanced materials and methods used throughout much of the industry. For training material we closely follow the FAA guidelines but have many other valuable sources as well. The majority of our students in the various Applied Science and Manufacturing courses are aerospace employed technicians and engineers they bring to us current and specific knowledge of processes and materials used throughout the area. Beyond that, we continually look into other fields besides aerospace to see what their challenges are. Marine and automotive are big players but with the continued technology expansion and new companies in the game, knowledge and creative uses of composite materials are spreading fast.

Damian Cianci and his team instruct this robust training course to educate students in the advanced principles used throughout the composite industry. Located in the heart of Northwest aerospace, Damian has been proud to work with all the local technicians and engineers for many years.

Composites Technician Certificate

(The basic college certificate program)

Introduction to Composites Materials

  • Fibers
  • Resins
  • Core Materials
  • Surface Preparation


  • Wet Hand Lay-up
  • Vacuum Bagging
  • Ply Cutting
  • Autoclaves and Ovens
  • Liquid Composite or Infusion Molding
  • Filament Winding and Automated Tape Lay-Up
  • Compression Molding and Pultrusion
  • Safety


  • Classification of Damage
  • Inspection and Documentation of Damage
  • Repair Techniques

Advanced Composite Fabrication and Repair

Continuing beyond the skills and methods learned in the introductory certification section, students learn about integrating technologies, cutting edge materials, new processes, advanced skills and principles.


Objectives and Labs

Product Lifecycle Management
  • How this pervades all levels of manufacturing
Basic math skills
  • Math applied to real shop needs (Addition, subtraction, fractions, ratios)
Further mold making techniques
  • Fiberglass (With and without vacuum bag)
  • Molding plaster
  • Polyurethane (foam and solid)
  • Aluminum (CNC milled)
Introduction to CATIA and 3D Modeling
  • Used to design tooling for composite mold making
CNC tooling (mold making)
  • Aluminum
  • Millable wax
  • MDF
Mold post preparation (primarily for use with cheaper tooling)
  • MDF - sanding and epoxy finish
  • Foam - fiberglass coating and polishing
Laminate Labs
  • Comparison of various laminate structure
  • Core vs no core
  • Material comparison – carbon, aramid, glass
  • Ply orientation comparison
  • Stress analysis of all these structures
  • Longitudinal deflection, compression, torsion, shear, peal, and tension
Infusion labs
  • Vacuum infuse a 3 ply carbon fiber panel
Filament winding / roll wrapping lab
  • Use a small 3D printed tool to make a filament wound part
Honeycomb with carbon fiber prepreg lab
  • Manufacture a small floor panel- Hot bonder programming and operation
Repair labs
  • Laminate ply sanding practice
  • Damage repair
  • Honeycomb floor panel repair
  • More use of hot bonders



No prior experience in composites is needed in order to enroll in this course. Since some of the reference material is online, students should have a computer with Internet access.

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